Hi all. Well after going away to do voluntary work late last summer (never to be repeated) the resultant lack of bookings combined with a real all round lull in everyone’s bookings this year has meant that this summer has been the quietest ever!
Having several weekends off has been quite a novelty and has helped me slightly with my house hunting, not to mention my love life!
Now I know how most of you folks out there manage to make it all work. Still, I and others have been going too long between gigs and this can lead to forgetting at least some of what songs you’ve got. Not the most optimum state to be in!
So with this in mind I need all of you to flood me with bookings now since according to the media, we are now in a recovery and hoarding your cash won’t help the situation improve. Come on now, you know you want to do your bit!
Good news is, it enabled me to comfortably do the illuminations this year for charity in Bognor Regis. I’ve filmed this event before, but this I have to admit is the first time I’ve DJ’d on a moving stage ie: a forty foot trailor. It wasn’t too bad, but could have been better say about three years ago or more. Why? well three years or more ago HGV’s didn’t have so many automatic gear boxes. As a qualified HGV and sometimes temp driver myself I can inform you that usually when driving one of these trucks you press the pedal to the floor and around 2.5 seconds later you get a response. Usually a lurch forward unless you have exceptional experience of the vehicles charactoristics, which the driver on the night alas didn’t. Not to take anything away from him, he did his best, but he wasn’t the regular driver so there cosequently were a fair number of lurches as we went through the town centre. This made for an interesting gig I have to say since there is nothing quite like trying to mix tracks when your decks are a moving target in more ways than the usual circular motion that every turntable-ist is familiar with. I had to give up pretty quickly and use the laptop on autopilot. A shame as it’s not quite so visual, but when you’re trying to hang onto your PA system (which I found surprisingly hard to strap down due to the shape of it in relation to the position of the trailor anchor points) and stop it from doing the highland fling….well compromises must be made! I got Dee to film it on my HD phone but forgot to tell her that if she held it perpendicular to the target we’d get sideways video. My fault entirely. So I had limited footage to edit after the event. On the up side, those of you who have a short attention span will love it! Have a look here:
However, that being said, we won first prize! after winning at last month’s pub quiz with my new girlfriend and team, I’ve got to say this summer’s not been without it’s high points.
Also as I type this, my site is being updated, so expect a slightly snazzier look soon. I built this site entirely myself and I’ll be sad to see it go, but of course you don’t move with the times by staying still so I’ve got a man in now who’s already proved his worth in other areas of website promotion. It feels good to hand some of this work over after all these years of doing it myself, since it can suck your entire life away without too much thought…
Bookings for 2014 are starting to come in now, so please feel free to reserve your spot before it goes bye bye..
talking of which,
See you next time.